Woman And Roses
Woman And Roses c1879 by French Painter Auguste Toulmouche (1829 – 1890); who was known for his luxurious portraits of Parisian women.
This is a wonderful genre painting of a young Parisian women with auburn hair that is wearing a black hat with gold trim around the edge of the brim with large blue feathers coming out of the top and a small white feather accent in the top middle of the hat.
She is wearing a period full length white ruffled dress, that has ruffles in layers around her neck, along the long sleeves of her dress and all along the bottom of her dress that is resting on the ground.
On the cuffs of her sleeves are light blue ribbons that have been tied into bows, and she also has one on the front center of the dress.
The young lady is standing in a rose garden comprised of pink roses, white and pink roses and red roses; and she is standing in front of a tree of pink and white roses that is as tall as she is, leaning forward and smelling the fragrance of the rose with her hands behind her back holding a light blue parasol with a dark blue handle.
In the background of the garden is a large structure which appears to be a wall of a building, with tree branches or vines hanging over it; while farther to the right we can see a lush wooded landscape that goes up an embankment.
This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.
Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org
Auguste was born to the well established broker Émile Toulmouche and his wife Rose Sophie Mercier in Nantes, France on September 21, 1829.
He began his artistic studies locally, first studying sculpture with the French Academic sculptor and teacher Amédée Ménard (1806 -1873); and painting with the French Portraitist Biron, and then continuing his studies in 1846 wth the Swiss Painter Marc Gabriel Charles Gleyre (1806 – 1874) in Paris.
At the age of 19 Auguste exhibited hos first paintings at the Paris Salon in 1848 and then again in 1849 and 1850, by which time he was specializing in portraiture; painting an idealized version of the Academic Realist style which at the time was the dominant painting style.
The subjects of his portraits were most of young attractive Parisian women that were members of the upper bourgeoisie class; and his work was most popular with the French and American public and his worked was generally approved by the critics of the time.
In 1852 Emperor Napoleon III (1808 – 1873) purchased one of his paintings called La Fille or The Girl for his future wife Empress Eugénie de Montijo (1826 – 1920), and with further purchases of his work by the imperial family, cemented his status as a fashionable painter.